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Domaine Roche "Le Bousquette" Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014

90+ Our Score
90-93 Wine Advocate
(12/2015) "Run by the young Roman Roche, who's aided by Philippe Cambie, Domaine Roche is quickly becoming one of my favorite estates in Cairanne. More exotic and complex than the base Cairanne, the flagship 2014 La Bousquette Cairanne is made from 80% Grenache and 20% Carignan that comes from 100 plus-year-old vines. Aged all in concrete, it offers a terrific perfume of crushed flowers, crushed rocklike minerality and sweet Grenache-driven fruit. Medium-bodied, elegant and nicely concentrated, it has enough tannic bite on the finish to warrant a year or two in the cellar after release. It should be at its best from 2017-2022."
750 ML
~76 bottlesCheck all Stores

Domaine Guillaume Gonnet "Le Brave" Cairanne Rouge 2016

91-92 Our Score
(1/2019) This one surprised us. We first tasted it while sitting around the dinner table with Guillaume and Kelly Gonnet at their Domaine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It was the concentration and complexity of flavor, the refined elegance and the sheer power, all working together, that caught us off guard. Cairanne, a Southern Rhone region, received its own appellation designation in 2016, and if other bottlings perform the way this one does, you can bet prices will go up quickly. Blending 80% Grenache with 20% Syrah, all hand harvested, from 45-year-old vines grown in sand, limestone and clay, Guillaume ferments this juice with only wild yeasts. The wine gives deep red berry fruits that are both youthfully fresh and fleshy ripe, a distinction that suggests both old new school flavors. Long, with chalk-sandy earth notes, flavors of smoked herbs, cocoa and black olive, and a medium-plus tannic structure, all help lend complexity. A very interesting wine with more layers and more age-worthy than the initial tastes suggest. A very fine effort, and representative of the greatness of 2016.
750 ML
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores
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